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National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Autogenous Epidural Blood Graft (10.5)

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Benefit Category
Physicians' Services

Note: This may not be an exhaustive list of all applicable Medicare benefit categories for this item or service.

Item/Service Description

In the procedure blood is removed from the patient's vein and injected into his epidural space, to seal the spinal fluid leak and stop the pain.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage

Autogenous epidural blood grafts are considered a safe and effective remedy for severe headaches that may occur after performance of spinal anesthesia, spinal taps or myelograms, and are covered.